MAY 25, 2013 - BROOKVILLE
|Connor Schaffer wraps a three-run homer.
|Kyrstyn Boyer slides into home in the fourth inning.
One game at a time has been the focus all season by the Covington softball team and that mental approach didn't change in the district championship game on Saturday at Brookville High School as the Lady Buccs run-ruled Franklin Monroe 17-0 in five innings.
"One game at a time," said Covington coach Dean Denlinger after his team dismantled the Jets in impressive fashion. "That's been our focus all year. We've got to keep pushing forward and our focus now is on Marion Local on Thursday."
Marion Local advanced to the regional tournament by winning the Wapakoneta District with a 9-8 win over Dola Hardin Northern on Friday. The Lady Buccs will battle the Flyers in the regional semifinal at 5:00pm on Thursday at Tipp City.
And Covington will enter the game on a roll after pounding out 17 hits from 13 different batters on Saturday.
"It shows what kind of preparation we have from our practices," said Denlinger of having 13 players contribute offensively in a district championship game. "We've developed a lot of depth this year."
That depth was on display as all four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning were put up by the bench players. In the inning, freshmen Jessie Crowell and Arianna Richards wrapped RBI singles and another freshman, Erin Olson drove in a run on a sacrifice fly that nearly cleared the fence.
Junior Morgan McReynolds also drove in a run in the fourth on an RBI double.
"It was pretty impressive to see our bench players come in and get some big hits in the fourth inning," said Denlinger. "It's nice when you can feel comfortable putting anyone in the game at any time."
Especially when Covington has the solid pitching of Casey Yingst and Morgan Arbogast to go along with a stingy defense that has surrendered just 23 runs and recorded 15 shutouts in 28 games this season.
Today, Covington once again played error-free ball, while Yingst threw four one-hit innings with 11 strikeouts and Morgan Arbogast threw one no-hit inning for the save.
And it was the defense that set the tone by shutting Franklin Monroe down in order in the top of the first inning.
Covington's bats then took over the game in the bottom half of the inning by plating six runs and batting through the lineup.
"We've been trying to do that all year," said Denlinger of starting fast. "It's always nice to get out to a good start, especially against a dangerous team like Franklin Monroe. We didn't want to open up a window of opportunity."
And Covington didn't open up that window of opportunity as it scored another run in the second and six more in the third inning, three runs coming on a three run home run by senior Connor Schaffer.
The four runs that followed in the bottom of the fourth capped the effort in Covington's third straight district title.
Now the Lady Buccs look to take the next step as they prepare for Marion Local on Thursday.
SCORING BY INNINGS:
Franklin Monroe ……… 0 .. 0 .. 0 .. 0 .. 0 - 0 - 1 - 0
Covington ……………… 6 .. 1 .. 6 .. 4 .. x - 17 - 17 - 0
Jessie Shilt - 2-3, 2 stolen bases, 1RBI
Heidi Snipes, 2-3, 1RBI
Connor Schaffer - 2-2, HR, 3RBI
Morgan Arbogast - 1-2, 1D, 1RBI
Haley Adams - 2-3, 1T, 1D, 4RBI
Casey Yingst - 1-2, 1RBI
Brittanie Flora - 1-3, 1RBI
Cassidy Cain - 1-2, 1D, 1RBI
Morgan McReynolds - 1-1, 1D, 1RBI
Arianna Richards - 1-1, 1RBI
Jessie Crowell - 1-1, 1RBI
Jessica Dammeyer - 1-1
Erin Olson - 1RBI (Sac Fly)